Named after the Cherry Fair, in my beloved hometown of Olney, is the brand new restaurant “The Cherry Tree“. A substantially sized dining destination, that’s really provided Olney with a new “place to be”.
As you walk through the grand entrance you can really see the true size of the building. Notice the view you have straight down through the middle to the end of the dining area.
To your left you have a lovely bar area, great to grab a drink and have a catch up with friends. To your right you have a cosy snug area with a roaring fire, which they will insist on lighting in the winter time.
Upstairs you’ll find another bar area too, so there’s plenty of spaces to enjoy in this beautiful building.
Ian and I were invited down to The Cherry Tree Olney to review a meal. *Spoiler* – it was faultless, and you might as well just head on over to their website now and book your table. However, if you fancy a little bit of inspiration in regards to what to choose when you *do* visit, here’s what we chose.
Drinks – Prosecco for moi and a San Miguel for Ian.
Without any fore-planning we ended up with a very seafood based dinner. For starters I opted for the king prawns, which came in this lovely little tapas-style dish, filled with tomatoey goodness and a few added chilli slices. Now I’m not the greatest with chilli or any kind of hot food, but it was easy for me to leave those pieces for heat-loving Ian to enjoy! This starter comes with a side of the most gorgeous bread, so soft (not crusty style bread that’ll scuff your gums as you try to bite into it – I hate that!), this was fluffy, flavoursome and perfect to dip into the sauce. The added slice of lemon was so lovely to squeeze over the prawns. Yum yum yum.
Ian had the calamari – I knew he’d choose this as soon as I saw the menu! It certainly didn’t fail to impress either. The batter was quite light in texture and not overly oily, which was a welcome difference to how calamari is often served. He loved the added pot of seafood sauce, which again you don’t always see served with calamari. This was completed with a slice of lemon, because you can’t beat lemon with seafood can you?
My main was so tasty yet refreshingly rather healthy. Josper-grilled seabass on a bed of courgette (easily my favourite veg!) and pepper, roasted Marzanino tomatoes, superfood grains, peas and salsa verde. This dish was so delicious that I ate it at lightning speed – which for a slow eater like me, doesn’t happen often. Beautifully dressed to make it taste like a dream, yet the seabass isn’t sitting there in an overly creamy sauce like you often see in restaurants. It simply doesn’t need to be. I also ordered a side of sweet potato fries, which were perfectly moreish.
Ian’s choice of main was the whole sea bream from the specials menu, which he was *so* impressed with. I actually wrote down a quote from him on my phone as we sat there… “This is the best fish I have eaten since I was in Portugal”. Last year he went on holiday with friends and enjoyed fresh fish from the sea every night. He’s a huge seafood fan, and this plate of food blew him away. The whole sea bream was stuffed with lemon and oranges, paired with green beans and new potatoes which weren’t just topped with any old topping, they were topped with crayfish! The sauce was chilli and lemon hollandaise. Gorgeous.
At The Cherry Tree Olney, there’s such a vast choice of delicious food to choose from. You can even build your own pizza and watch it being cooked in their impressive pizza oven before your very eyes, how cool! And for those who are watching their waistline a little more, you can build your own salad. So there really is something for everyone there.
Both of us just had to finish our dinner with the Banoffee Sundae from the desserts menu. This too, did not disappoint. One pet hate of mine, is when you go to a restaurant and order a sundae, to then receive just a few pieces of ice cream and brownie in a really small martini style glass. A sundae to me, is a long dessert. Just like a long cocktail. So I was so pleased to see the sundaes delivered to us in proper sundae glasses, the ones I remember having whilst dining out as a kid when you just HAD to have a fun sundae! The sundae was filled with chocolate brownie pieces, Madagascan Bourbon vanilla ice cream, crushed biscuit, baked banana caramel sauce and mascarpone cream…all the things dreams are made of.
What a wonderful meal!
The Cherry Tree is just a tad more in price compared to some restaurants, but it’s quite true when they say you get what you pay for sometimes. Beautifully cooked food, a great atmosphere, service with a smile and the most lovely building to dine in and enjoy. I’d really recommend pairing up a meal at The Cherry Tree with a day of exploring Olney. This little hometown of mine, has a wealth of history for you to uncover, pretty shops to enjoy and Emberton Park just next door which is great for a walk around the lakes.
To book a meal at The Cherry Tree, visit their website at www.thecherrytreeolney.co.uk or give them a call on 01234 639877. I’m sure you won’t regret it!
*Our meals at The Cherry Tree were complimentary, but we most certainly enjoyed every aspect and our views are, as always, ours.